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:00. >> japanese helicopter pilots dumped sea water on damaged nuclear reactors to try to prevent meltdowns as u.s. experts issue an a.m. now warning. >> good evening i'm julie haener. >> and i'm frank somerville. japanese helicopter pilots are trying to fight the meltdown. sea water is being dumped on to the spent fuel rods in order to reduce the radiation exposure. nuclear reactors need a constant source of cooling water. officials in japan hope the helicopter bucket brigade can keep the reactors from overheating while the plant operators scramble to install a power line and use electricity to restore the reactor's cooling systems. >>> now, less than an hour ago, word came that the united states will start evacuating americans from japan, including private citizens and the families of u.s. personnel. president obama informed japan's prime minister of the plans tonight. the obama administration is chartering aircraft to accommodate americans who want to leave. also today the chairman of the u.s. regulatory commission says radiation near the fukushima plant is extremely high and damage at one reac
than 4% of all u.s. food imports. >>> scientists at uc berkeley and the epa say they are seeing trace amounts of radio active isotopes from the japanese nuclear incident here and in the bay area. researchers at uc berkeley believe the isotopes will decline in the next few days. >>> operators of the fukushima made progress today but also suffered set backs. tomorrow they hope to restart the cooling systems to the damaged reactors providing the pumps were not damaged by the tsunami. workers stopped working on the electrical system to pour water on the fuel rods. >>> executives of the tokyo electric power company went to shelters today and apologized to people for the nuclear plant leak. >>> and farther away from the nuclear complex, radiation levels dropped significant today. but officials added more foods to the list of tainted items. they say the amount of radiation is low and no longer an effect. >>> the work of burying the dead is under way in the north. a mass burial for 200 people, funeral homes and crematoriums have not been able to keep up. the city plans to hold burial ceremoni
island. the u.s. navy repositioned the aircraft carrier u.s.s. ronald reading an farther away from the northern japan coast to avoid radiation expose you are. 17 members of the helicopter crew were exposed to about a month's worth of radiation after flying a relief mission. however, after scrubbing down with soap and water they were declared contamination free. >>> the nuclear disaster in japan is prompting concern about the concern of radiation fallout reaching the north coast of the united states. the california government has three radiation detecting situations one in sacramento, one in san jose, and one in san francisco. he got a look at the data they use to make sure we're safe. >> reporter: we're at the corner of van ness, in front of the bay area air quality management office, 7 stories above the street on the roof is the federal government's radiation detection device. 142 feet above sea level sits this device operated by the environmental protection agency's national air and radiation laboratory. radnet as it is called can detect minute changes in radiation levels across
are confirmed dead. and more than 17,440 other people are reported missing. >>> hundreds of u.s. military evacuees -- >> reporter: a long journey home to houston from japan for the hernandez. >> i didn't want the leave. >> reporter: these are hundreds of military families who decided they had to leave japan because of tsunami and ongoing concerns of radiation. >> they just said that the water is not good for infants and children. we're 40 miles away from toke yo. >> we just came back to make sure we're safe. >> 600 people flew into the u.s. its port of operation pacific passage. many left husbands behind. >> you never know what can happen. so for the kids, and my husband wanted to be at ease with us coming back home. >> reporter: not every military family that comes in from japan is stopping here at the u.s.o. office. but this place is busy enough that donations of food, supplies and money are badly needed. >> we're here to facility all these people from anything they need from food to use of computers to cell phones. just to get off their feet. >> reporter: this u.s.o center and dozens o
to air waves today and delivered a nationally televised address laying out his rationale for the u.s. involvement in the libyan civil war. and now we have more on the critics who say highly yeah and why now? >> reporter: the u.s. military is not the world's police force and will not engage in every crisis. but in the case of libya, he said conditions justified american military action. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: speaking at the national defense university in virginia, the president said that moammar gadhafi was about to lay siege to the rebel city of benghazi. that was the tipping point in deciding to launch the air strikes. >> some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. the united states of america is different. and as president, i refuse to wait for the images of slaughter and mass gaves before taking action. >> reporter: and while condemning gadhafi, the president reiterated that u.s. ground forces will not invade libya because the costs will be too high. >> to be blunt we went down that road in iraq. >> reporter: after t
significant 8 called it a victory. >>> u.s. war missiles hit targets in libya tonight and anti-aircraft shots were heard in tripoli. the libyan aircraft have been destroyed and coalition aircraft can fly with near impunity. we are seeing our first protests of u.s. military intervention in libya. the protestors are criticizing the hundreds of millions of dollars spent. heather? >> reporter: frank, the chorus of concern could be heard just hours ago here outside the san francisco federal building. >> humanitarian war instead of lives. >> u.s. bombs peace full countries. >> a no-fly zone over libya doesn't fly with these demonstrators. >> there is a debate going on in congress now over how many billions of dollars to cut out of social programs but always have money for the next war. >> reporter: the anti-wore protestors are the latest to criticize president obama for being too aggressive in dealing with moammar gadhafi. >> the president has promised that nato forces would take over military leadership of the u.n. operation within days. but that's not good enough for some. as u.s. and applied war
, channel 2 news. >>> the u.s. congress today pressed regulatory officials for answers on the safety of america's nuclear plants and their spent nuclear fuel rods. diane finestein said she recent live toured the canyon's power plant. she learned that spent fuel rods are stored in pools similar to those leaking radiation at the damaged japanese plant. one expert said that's common practice in the u.s. >> the pools are often housed in buildings with sheet metal siding like that in a storage shed. i have nothing against the quality of sears storage sheds but they are not suitable for nuclear waste storage. >> the head of the nuclear regulatory commission said at some u.s. plants spent rods are stored behind reinforced concrete walls. >>> a beautiful sunset after a warm day and temperatures near 90 tomorrow. our chief meteorologist bill martin has tomorrow's forecast in eight minutes. >> the storms are gone and the problems remain. coming up we will show you three homes suddenly sitting on the edge. [ music ] >> well she impressed the judges on . >>> in the south bay a 97-year- old woman
. u.s. marines arrived today at a military base in northern japan inland from the tsunami zone. they bought supplies for the people surviving with little food or water and cold temperatures. it has been difficult for relief workers to get to them because of the severe gas shortage and because so many roads were damaged. the police have put the number of confirmed dead at 7200. more than 110,000 others are missing. it is estimated 343 households don't have power and 262 after- shocks over magnitude 5. >>> the japanese government today raised a clarification or classification of the nuclear crisis from a level 4 to level 5. that means what is happening at the plant is equivalent to the three mile island accident in pennsylvania in 1979. and the consequences go beyond the immediate area. today crews sprayed water on the troubled japanese plant and this weekend they hope to connect an electrical cable so the cooling systems can be restored. if that fails, there is track of burying the plant in sand and concrete, which was done at chernobyl. now, here is inanimation of what might be
and the amount of time someone spends in an irradiated area. many people along the west coast of the u.s. are starting to expression concerns about radiation crossing the pacific. it's unlikely any significant amount will reach the bay area. the simple reason is, there are a million cubic miles of atmosphere between here and japan. >> i think we can measure radiation, if it comes out, but we won't be able to measure health effects. we won't be able to see them. >>> despite what the experts say, some people here in the bay area are still taking precautions. sal castaneda tells us about the iodine supplement they're buying, and how the prices have skyrocketed. >> reporter: as the news worsens about japan's damaged nuclear power plants, concern in the bay area has led people to buy up iodine supplements. the pills, also known as ki have been flying off the shelves. >> just to be on the safe side. because i only have half a thyroid anyway. i had half of my thyroid removed. if there is really some big kind of meltdown, i'm just worried that, you know, winds are blowing west, and it's a globa
on same-sex marriage should the case return to u.s. district court. the federal course new chief judge james ware replaces judge von walker. judge walker retired from the court last month and returned to private practice. you will recall he declared proposition eighth unconstitutional last friday. ktvu has obtained exclusive video of another san francisco police bust and it named some of the same officers named in a misconduct probe. it's a story you will see only on two. >> ktvu today obtained this new year's eve surveillance video in which san francisco plain clothes police officers kick in the door at a hotel and arrest a man for possession of crack cocaine. >> it appears that they altered the facts in the report in order to appear as if they lawfully sized the item. >> reporter: the public defenders office claim that officers illegally searched the room. two of the officers involved are under investigation for perjury and misconduct in two similar cases. it is the -- this those videos six plain clothes police officers enter two south of market apartments without consent and cover
malitias have set up roadblocks. the american policy is clear says president obama. >> it is u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. and we've got a wide range of tools in addition to our military efforts to support that policy. >> the u.s. general in charge of the assault insisted there is no attempt to provide cover for the rebels. >>> four new york time journalists were freed today. the journalists were released into the custody of the turkish ambassador. the four said they were threatened with death when they were first captured. >>> we're tracking a few showers, mainly in the south bay. but we have more significant rain headed your way. i'll tell you when that happens. >>> more evidence of weather, >>> new at 10:00, a vote in santa clara to start spending money on a new stadium for the 49ers before the money disappears. ktvu's heather holmes has more on today's special meeting. where the city council decided the fate of billions of the dollars. >> reporter: hand off is what essentially the council told the state. their vote is on the one and only item on the agenda an agreement to sp
now of coordinating what the u.s. can provide and what's needed. a short time ago the head of international atomic agency for the japan crisis is extremely serious and requires international cooperation. >>> hundreds of people boarded buses to get to hundai about 60 miles from the nuclear plants. large sections of that area were damaged now some people fear radiation. some people don't believe the government's assurances about radiation. >>> and many people are leaving japan, but tonight we meet a pilot who is staying in japan. >> my wife is at home along with our two children. >> reporter: daper says after last week's earthquake his wife was afraid to stay in japan. so on wednesday, lewis' wife and kids boarded a plane. >> it was hard to get food. there were thoughts of power outages and so forth. it just became a more prudent decision to sent them back. >> reporter: dapper stayed behind. the california native is a pilot. dapper feels it's his duty, a public service to help keep the airplanes flying in this crisis to help people get to safer areas. >> i have a job to do. t
of the fbi and the u.s. attorney's office. the allegations stem from surveillance videos that appear to show a total of eight police officers conducting illegal searches. district attorney george gascone said yesterday new information indicates it is better if the fbi takes over but he did not reveal what that new information is. >> caltrans announced today two men have been arrested in a brutal attack at the redwood city station. a 47-year-old san jose man was beaten and stabbed last saturday night. he remains in critical condition. the two are walker and furman both from redwood city. authorities say as many as 15 people took part in that attack. >>> the highway patrol is recommending a windsor high school student who jumped off the golden gate bridge yesterday face trespassing charges. the 17-year-old survived. he landed in the water next to a group of surfers. and one of those surfers told our crew that the teen said he jumped for fun. he was at the bridge as part of a school field trip. >>> california is being sued by a company that was poised to buy 11 state buildings. california first
of 2011. opponents note it fails to mention tax extension. >>> the u.s. supreme court upheld the right of a tiny anti- gay church to hold protests that many people find reprehensible. ktvu's rita williams with the group that holds military funerals. >> it gives me a place to come sit and think about the boys. >> reporter: the boys she think about is her son lieutenant ken ball lard 26 when killed in iraq almost seven years ago. >> ken was my onlied child. >> reporter: he is buried at arlington national cemetery. when she has visited she has encountered these anti-gay protestors from a kansas church. ♪ you are going straight to hell ♪ >> today the u.s. supreme court in an 8-1 ruling say they had the right to protest near military funerals spreading their belief that soldiers are dying because god is punishing the country for "the sin of homosexuality." the court said however the speech is protected by the first amendment. >> having your feelings hurt over words is not enough to shut up a speech. >> reporter: the father of schneider killed in iraq sued the church when it inning picke
's proceedings, hall said he wish he was the one that died in that 2009 crash. >>> u.s. supreme court today heard arguments in a sex discrimination case against wal- mart that originated with two bay area women. supporters of women's rights rallied in washington, d.c. in support of plaintiff betty duke. they say wal-mart and its sam club stores routinely paid women less than men and awarded promotions to men rather than women. >> we have filed a lawsuit since 2001. i have heard from numerous women telling me basically the same story as mine. >> reporter: today the supreme court heard arguments about whether the case should go forward as a class action lawsuit that could involve more than 1 million women. if it does proceed it would be the largest such case in history. wal-mart denies the allegations. >>> levi strauss has agreed to pay $1 million of back wages to almost 600 employees. the company had misclassified workers as exempt from over time. workers were required to work off the clock late at night or early in the morning. a levi strauss spokeswoman called the rules complex. >>> baseball's g
for >>> more now on the breaking news, this is just in from the u.s. geological service. the japan quake has just been up grated to upgraded to 8.8. that is now considered a great quake. one aftershock measured 7.4. these are pictures of the situation there in japan. this quake happened off the north eastern coast. a little more than 200 miles away from tokyo. if you look across the middle of screen. we have seen running water carrying what appears to be lots of debris, in some cases large pieces of debris. the tsunami has hit the north eastern coast of japan. there are reports of houses, cars, trucks, buildings being drifted away from the scene. you can see it is carrying away a lot of degree. there are reports of at least one building on fire. a lot of buildings buildings in tokyo shaking. the lights inside a building really swinging back and forth. again, the classification of this earthquake, the breaking news right now it is just been upgraded to a magnitude 8.8. that's just about as bad as it gets. that is considered a great quake under the earthquake classifications. we're continuin
. >> thank you, bill. >>> u.s. pediatricians are calling on lawmakers to make it illegal for children under 18 to use tanning salons. the american academy of pediatricians says a national survey found that almost a quarter of white teenagers between 13 and 19 had used a tanning facility at least one. some studies suggest the risk of melanoma is 74% higher for people who use tanning beds frequently. older teens can in california with parental >>> an exclusive east bay golf club is inviting you to hit the links for a good cause. they opened its historic course to the general public again today to raise money for the first tee of oakland. the organization helps at-risk kids learn life skills through golf. the course is also opened to public for the next two mondays. they will donate $20 to the first tee for each person who plays. >>> mark ibaÑez joins us now, sharks and warriors off tonight, so we're going to find out what's happening in spring baseball. >> down in arizona you know. it won't be long before the tedium of spring training sets in but for now, exhibition games giving baseball fan
. the gao says that would save the u.s. government $5.5 billion over 30 years because the life of a coin is three decades. $1 is just a year and a half. >> i would use them. and i think it's a good idea if you can save money. >> but most folks we talked with do not want to see the dollar bill become extinct. >> having all of that change in your pocket is just probably a lot of weight. >> i wouldn't like that as a merchant. i don't think anybody would. >> the owner of oakland sierra deli says although cash register drawers have now been converted for the $1 coins they take up a lot more room than the good old greenback. don't expect changes any time soon. attempts to do away with the dollar have been tried before and failed. in oakland rita william, ktvu, channel 2 news. >>> come monday, dog owners plan to protest a proposal to require their pets to be on a leash. the national park service wants to reduce the number of places in the golden gate national recreation area where dogs can go off leash. one of the organizers said there are already very few places where dogs can run free. they p
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